What Jesus Did! 'Couldn't You Watch with Me?' — Mark 14:37

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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Then Jesus went back to his followers. He found them sleeping. He said to Peter, "Simon, why are you sleeping? You could not stay awake with me for one hour?"
— Mark 14:37 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:37 NLT — Then Jesus went back to his followers. He found them sleeping. He said to Peter, "Simon, why are you sleeping? You could not stay awake with me for one hour?"

Key Thought

How this must have hurt the Lord. My heart breaks for Jesus as he endures this time in the Garden. He knows he is going to the Cross. He knows Judas will betray him. He knows his closest followers will abandon him. He knows that Peter will deny him. He knows the other ten will run away and leave him alone. He knows that he will be ridiculed and mocked. Now, he has to know all of those things and still not have anyone care for him enough to pray with him an hour. I'm so thankful that the Lord knows what it feels like to be forsaken and let down by those closest to you. I'm also so very sad for him. Let's pray and work to never let him down like this ever again.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I am so sorry! Please, dear Lord, make me stronger and more courageous. Don't ever let me outlive my love for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 14:43-50
  • Hebrews 2:14-18
  • Hebrews 4:14-16

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.